All-optical manipulation of photonic membranes

Blair C. Kirkpatrick, Martin Ploschner, Tomas Cizmar, Andrea Di Falco

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Photonic membranes (PMs) are thin, highly-flexible, membranes which can be imbued with specific photonic functionalities when used to play host to plasmonic features.1-3 PMs can then take that photonic functionality and transfer it to an external object, provided that they can be manipulated with enough precision. We demonstrate a fabrication and optical manipulation protocol that allows PMs to be manoeuvred through a microfluidic environment, and show that the trap stiffness of such a scheme is on par with current techniques. The PMs shown here are 90 nm thick, with the potential to be extremely flexible. We comment on their current deformability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII
EditorsKishan Dholakia, Gabriel C. Spalding
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherSPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering
ISBN (Electronic)9781510602366
ISBN (Print)9781510602359
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2016
EventSPIE Optics + Photonics 2016: Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XIII - San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 20161 Sept 2016 (Link to Conference details)


ConferenceSPIE Optics + Photonics 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Internet address


  • Optical tweezers
  • Optomechanics
  • Photonic membranes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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